Acer seems to have a dream where experiences similar to the arcade scene of yesteryear are recreated, but with a VR focus. They want to bring full-on VR experiences to physical locations that people can visit, and they just invested $10 million in order to do so.
VR arcades are coming, and Acer wants you to know it
This new investment is in addition to their partnership with Starbreeze Studios to help further develop cinema-level VR experiences with StarVR. They want to revive the arcade though include a much more visceral experience through the use of VR. HTC has already pledged to license VR technology to theaters, Internet cafes as well as VR arcades around the globe, so Acer, too, wants to help spearhead VR adoption. This investment is also seeking to bring VR to the large big screen via IMAX. They’ve sent StarVR hardware to IMAX developers and want to bring VR to the next level, perhaps even helping to fund the creation of the must-have app for VR.
“Acer is excited to join forces with IMAX and other world-class investors to help foster top-shelf content for the thriving VR industry,” Acer CEO Jason Chen said in a statement. “With this strategic investment and our deep collaboration with partners including Starbreeze in the hardware and entertainment sector, we hope to enable engaging and immersive VR experiences in IMAX VR centers and beyond.”